Born in Aichi, Japan, Hiroyasu Yamamoto began cello studies with Akira Nakajima and went on to Toho Gakuen College Music Department to study with Yoritoyo Inoue, Chisho Akitsu and Nobuko Yamazaki. As a student, he was awarded the first prize in the 56th Music Competition of Japan in 1987, which was followed by numerous prizes including the first prize in the 1st Japan Chamber Music Competition. After graduating from the college at the top of his class, he studied with Henriette Puig-Roget at Toho Gakuen Graduate School of Music and with Riccardo Brengola at Chigiana Musical Academy.
In 1990, Yamamoto became principal cellist of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. After leaving the orchestra in 1994, he served as guest principal cellist of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and principal cellist of the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.
His solo performances with Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, including a number of concertos by Haydn, Schumann, Dvorak, Gulda, Korngold and Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote, have always been well received.
Yamamoto appears in the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Miyazaki International Music Festival every year and is a main member of the Triton Hareta Umino Orchestra led by Tatsuya Yabe. He also performs in the Chamber Soloists Sasebo and the Gifu Trio every year as an essential cellist for chamber music collaborating with many other musicians.
Furthermore, he engages in various other activities, including leading a cello quartet, the Cello Repubblica, launching an educational program unit with Akira Miyagawa and “the Chamber Music Lab for Adults” in his hometown, Nagoya, and promoting arts and culture in local communities as his lifelong work.
His 2012 album “Jokei”, which was released after his complete recording of Bach’s Cello Suites in 2008, was selected as “quasi-recommended disc” by “the Record Geijutsu magazine”.
Currently, Yamamoto is special principal cellist of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra and guest principal cellist of Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra and teaches as a full-time instructor at Tokyo College of Music and a special teacher of the Suzuki Method.